Game 48 Thread / Cubs @ Dodgers (3 of 3)

Game Chat Rich Hill vs. Randy Wolf Lineups:
Soriano LF Furcal SS
Theriot 2B Pierre CF
Lee 1B Martin C
Barrett C Kent 2B
DeRosa 3B Saenz 1B
td>Murton RF Gonzalez LF Pagan CF LaRoche 3B Izturis SS Clark RF Hill P Wolf P

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Iowa's doing it again, heading for double digits in runs. Today it's Pie with 4 RBI.

Mariotti lights into Piniella in this morning's paper. He claims that Lou lacks lucidity--"like a senile grandfather searching for his bedroom slippers"--and feistiness: "He isn't quite the feisty, Rob Dibble-wrestler who won a World Series in 1990." It was predictable that Mariotti and other reporters would resent a maturer Lou who wasn't going to help them sell papers by throwing tantrums (and bases).

I was a Piniella skeptic. I remember saying that these loudmouth media darlings come to town, pack up and leave a couple years later, and all we get out of the deal is a new restaurant on the north side. But I have few if any criticisms of Lou. It wasn't his fault that his five top relievers turned out to have perplexing weaknesses. Lou has concluded that we need better arms in the pen, and he's right. So now Marmol and Guzman are out there. Saturday, after the Howry misfire the night before, Lou called the reliever into his office and pointed out that out of eleven pitches, ten were fastballs and most of them to the same spot. That's a constructive meeting. It is good advice to Howry to move the ball around a bit. (A good off-speed pitch would help even more).

In the 2-1 loss to San Diego the other night, I was angry for an hour when, with a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, Theriot sat on the bench while Izturis grounded into an easy double play. But the anger dissipated when I realized that, with the pitcher due up next and a lefty (Wells) pitching, Piniella had a choice between Izturis batting and then Theriot, or Theriot and then Blanco. Blanco is an expensive extravagance on this team, because in baseball there is no such thing as a pinch-thrower, whereas a catcher who can pinch-hit would be nice. But Blanco is Dusty's boy, not Piniella's; nor can we exactly blame Dusty for Blanco's presence on the team, since Dusty was already gone when Blanco accepted a three-year contract last fall.

The one serious mistake Piniella has made was putting Soriano in center, for a couple of reasons, but chiefly because Soriano's comfort level is high in left field and low anywhere else. But Piniella identified this mistake fairly quickly and rectified it.

To me, the ideal manager is Bobby Cox, a manager-for-life type who can take the long view and favor talented youth over guys who have a lot of miles on them. But there may only be one Bobby Cox, I don't know. In the next tier of shorter-term, gun-for-hire managers, Piniella is very good.

Blanco signed for two years. Sometimes I need a fact checker.

man, that izturis guy can really rake.

ummm
my mlb.tv never came back from commercial to see ramirez's apparently deep fly ball.....anyone else?

I really wonder if Lou didnt know that was going to happen

does jim hendry still work for the cubs? a real GM might try to do something about his POS relievers.

we are going to give this game away. i just know it.

WAY TO GO, SORIANO.

Ugh.

Boy, I tell ya, I'm not a member of the Blame Barrett Fan Club™, but he's making it awfully hard to stick up for him this afternoon.

yeah, but wes, i'm sure his .300 OBP makes you forget all about his defensive inadequacies.

No kidding. Now bases juiced on three walks, no outs.

Best of luck, Marmol.

Lost a game on an HBP. Jeebus.

Oh, it's a wild pitch. What the hell ever.

this series, without the class and veteran leadership of Scotty Eyre and Bobby Howry would've been a sweep for the good guys.

but god bless the powers that be - we're gonna keep on trotting them out there, Wins/Losses be damned!

Don't really want to get in an argument with you eli, but I'd take his career line at the plate and settle with his defensive problems every year.

He just hasn't done that this year. Today included. Didn't do a darn thing at the plate and made two or three pretty dumb plays in the field.

A lot of people think we should trade him/DFA him or whatever. And that's fine.

If this game gets Errorye DFA'd then I'll take the loss, sometimes the only way to win is to lose.

the last 5 games, all on the road, we've had the lead in the 7th inning or later and won 2 games---when is this bad baseball going to stop---

From my "You could have fooled me" file.

Eyre hasn't been spending the West Coast trip on the beach. He's been working in the bullpen with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on his mechanics.
"We freshened him up," Piniella said.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

He still smells like a stinking mackerel, Lou.

Barrett would be valuable trade bate, much to valuable to DFA him regaurdless of how he is playing now

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  • draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/index.php

    filter by team.

    crunch 6 hours 7 min ago view
  • Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/2016/06/25/...

    QuietMan 7 hours 11 min ago view
  • Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.

    billybucks 7 hours 30 min ago view
  • Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?

    On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!

    billybucks 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • - The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone.
    - Joe will come up with more wacky dress-up ideas for the team to wear after they lose their next get-away game.
    - There is more clarity on Spencer Patton.
    - We play the Reds next. They aren't very good.
    - We'll have at least a 9 game lead after today.
    EDIT: - Contreras looks like the real deal.

    Other than that, not much -- nasty stretch. Two ugly losses in the last 4 games.
    Ugh -- give Lackey a 4-1 lead, you hope for better.

    billybucks 9 hours 36 min ago view
  • Joe: "We lost. They beat us. Now where's my '09 Guigal Bordeaux glass...?

    The E-Man 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • I forgot how rail thin skinny Carl Edwards Jr. Is - he threw some nasty stuff - hope that continues

    Eric S 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • HAHAHA! I love it here! Brilliant...

    The E-Man 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • "The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone."

    Brilliant. Maddon is a genius!

    Brick 10 hours 46 min ago view
  • "Drink copiously but responsibly."

    Done and done. Thanks for that.

    Brick 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • Oil Can Boyd now pitching for the Cubs

    Eric S 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • It's a long season. There will be stretches like this. It's Saturday night. Drink copiously but responsibly.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 3 min ago view
  • That valuable RBIGIDP.

    Brick 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • Someone talk me down here.

    Brick 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • I remember AZ PHIL talking about Bour's power during the Hendry era.

    The E-Man 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • Time to scrap the scouting report on Justin Bour and get a new one. Sheesh.

    billybucks 11 hours 47 min ago view